Exeter R-6 upgrading security on campus
District buys more cameras, will install buzz-in door system
With school shootings on the rise nationwide, the Exeter R-6 School District is taking proactive steps to make sure its buildings and students are kept safe.
Recently, the district approved the purchase of 16 cameras, a video buzz-in system for the high school entrance and new glass and bullet-resistant film for the main office entrance.
Ernest Raney, superintendent of Exeter Schools, said the new upgrades are a positive step for the district in keeping students safe.
"The thing I enjoy about Exeter is the tight-knit, family-friendly atmosphere we have here," he said. "I think when we make decisions about security, we want to maintain as much of that atmosphere as we can while maintaining the safety of the students. It's a balance."
The HD cameras, 16 exterior and four interior, will be installed by Exeter maintenance staff and was purchased from Revo America, of Irving, Texas, at a cost of $5,000.
The buzz-in system at the high school was purchased from Midwest Digital Systems of Lawson at a cost of $3,495, including installation.
"It's a digital system that shows video of the person who is trying to enter the building," Raney said. "We will also have buzzers at two different desks. That's so if one of our receptionists is called away from her desk, another will be there to let people in."
At the elementary school main office entrance, the district will remove the sliding glass in place now, opting for a thicker, single pane of glass with a bullet-resistant film and a window at the bottom of the glass to exchange items between visitors and staff. The work will be completed by Lowe's Glass, of Cassville, at a cost of about $4,500.